This Is Not What Sex Positivity Looks Like: The 'Two Night Stand' Trailer

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This Is Not What Sex Positivity Looks Like: The 'Two Night Stand' Trailer

By Emily Chambers | Videos | August 11, 2014 | Comments ()


Is it just me, or does it seem like Two Night Stand is what old people think young people sex is like? Because it seems a lot like someone tried to write a hip, sex positive rom- com and failed miserably. “Twenty somethings having NSA sex!” “Young people using the internet for booty calls!” “We’re so with it!” Or is this actually what young people sex is like now, and I’m too old to know that anymore? Just watch.

It’s weird right? Are there dating sites that ask you to check if you’re into “role playing” and “fetishes”? I know there are sites where you can specify if you’re looking for a hookup vs relationship, but do you have to submit to a sexual deposition first?

Or the part where he says they can be honest with each other which somehow translates into being cruel? And that being cruel is the only way to discuss the sex that you were just having? Couldn’t she have said, “Hey, please stop humping me like you’re drilling for oil” while he was drilling for oil? After he gets done saying “You started helping yourself a little bit,” do you think he followed it up with “And that’s awesome because you deserve to get yours”?

Mostly I’m confused by the premise of the movie itself. Not the “we seemingly hate each other, but have to interact until we’re in love” plot device. I’m talking about the idea that a one-night stand can turn into a relationship. Is that a novelty? Everyone knows someone who’s done that, right? Because even if you think you don’t know a couple that started like this, you probably do.

And more importantly, movie makers, if you don’t know a couple that started with a one night stand, don’t write a movie about one.

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  • That was terrible. Someone Ratner-fucked the raunchy, trying-too-hard to be clever and edgy, teen rom-com genre. [It's a genre! I looked it up.]

  • Joe Grunenwald

    What does the NSA have to do with having sex? Are they watching? They're totally watching.

    ...but really I don't know what that is and I'm at work so I probably shouldn't Google it.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I had the same reaction, and I did Google it, because I'm a damn daredevil. It means No Strings Attached sex.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Paint-by-numbers. "They use websites! And apps! And there is a thing called 'walk of shame!' And she likes wines and sparkly dresses and he likes his dirty man cave and his ping pong table!"

    What I would say they got exactly right is the lack of glamour. Not to the extent that one should ever be dismissive and hateful of their partner the next day, but that one night stands are usually artless affairs and that the idea of having gotten laid is usually more satisfying than the act actually was in practice between two unpracticed people.

  • JohnnyL53

    Well, why do you think she was helping herself out? In a one night stand the operative word is "one". It lets both people be selfish and think just about themselves as you are never going to see the other person again....hopefully

  • alwaysanswerb

    Circumstances brought our two comments together and it seemed like there may have been some kind of connection there, but I think we may just be on two different pages and don't need to continue this any further.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I know that one night stands can lead to relationships, but why is it such a trope of movies? If they had just parted ways, would that make Tipton's character a dirty, dirty whore or something? I notice the trailer also goes to great lengths to prove this isn't a habit of Tipton's (casual sex isn't something I ever do, promise!).
    I would love to see a romantic comedy in which a one night stand led to nothing, and then we follow the two main characters into consequential relationships. Maybe they could even just be friends with their hookups? Is that nuts?
    Also, I have never, ever grown to love someone because of forced proximity. If anything, I would probably hate them more.

  • I can't wait for the Entourage movie, either

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I want to watch and judge, but I'm still getting Flash as a damn blocked plug in. Regardless - the basic "why" is that a one night stand leading to a relationship is a reason to follow this particular one night stand. (which ends up not being a one night stand, but apparently, just a relationship with sex on the first date). It's easier to do the one night stand that leads to friendship (or nothing) in a tv series.

    So I guess the quick question is: can we think of any movies where characters have one night stands that don't really matter in the middle of what's going on? What makes the one night stand worthwhile as part of the story?

  • AvaLehra

    My reaction to seeing the trailer:

  • emmalita

    This looks more like dating in your 40's. I assume dating/hooking up is much cooler for those of you in your 20's and if it isn't please don't burst my bubble.

  • ZbornakSyndrome
  • emmalita

    You are so mean.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I thought dating would be like The Thin Man, and then I went on my first date. I leaned my meanness on that night.

  • emmalita

    I thought dating in my 40's would be more like the Thin Man, but it's more, "what ARE you doing down there?"

  • Mrs. Julien

    "sexual deposition"

    That needs to be the name for something. A band, Cinemax movies for lawyers, a puppy, a Prince song, my autobiography...

  • I think it's all four of those things. Let me know if you require a ghostwriter.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I misread that as sexual despotism, which would also be a good band name, or perhaps a subtitle for 50 Shades of Grey.

  • Mrs. Julien

    The sexual despotism results in the need for the sexual deposition.

  • NateMan

    You want to see just how many check-boxes there can be?, baby. Discover that no matter how messed up your sexual fantasies may be, there's always someone to make you go "Damn, dude, you need to see a therapist."

    Also, is that dude ever not a douche? Also also, has a (rational, non-religious) guy ever had a problem with a woman helping herself out? Really? Because that's not a complaint I have ever made.

  • JohnnyL53

    "Also also, has a (rational, non-religious) guy ever had a problem with a woman helping herself out? Really? Because that's not a complaint I have ever made."

    I view that as less work for me. Let's me spend more time thinking about how I feel since she's busy with herself you can bet she isn't spending anytime or effort on me.

  • Ethan

    Analeigh! Sold.

  • Are there dating sites that ask you to check if you’re into “role playing” and “fetishes”?

    Are there not?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Could we not?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Forget it, Mrs. Julien, it's Chinatown*.
    *or the internet, whatever.

  • A lot of my married friends started with one night stands. I am not a "young" (I mean, I'm 30, but not like some 21 year old). I did not think this was a new thing or a weird thing at all. Thanks Hollywood!

  • Young!

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